Concordia Disciplinarum

Essays on Ancient Coinage, History, and Archaeology
in Honor of William E. Metcalf
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(Numismatic Studies 38)

Edited by Nathan T. Elkins and Jane DeRose Evans

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CONTENTS

Editors’ Preface, by Nathan T. Elkins and Jane DeRose Evans

Bibliography of William E. Metcalf

List of Abbreviations

Scythian-Greek Relations in the North and Northwestern Black Sea Area (6th–5th centuries BC): Numismatic Evidence, by Elena Stolyarik

The Process of Monetization from Athens to Egypt: Evidence and Models, by Andrew Hogan

The Thrace (?) ca. 1955 Hoard (IGCH 738), by Peter van Alfen

Numismatic Evidence for Compound Numbers Written in Greek Alphabetic Numerals, by Paul Keyser

The Asia Minor 1949 Hoard (IGCH 1450) at the American Numismatic Society, by Constantin A. Marinescu

Seeing Caesar’s Symbols: Religious Implements on the Coins of Julius Caesar and his Successors, by Roberta Stewart

A New Revival of an Old Coin Type: Sardis in the Augustan Era, by Jane DeRose Evans

Earthquakes in Asia Minor, the cura provinciae of Tiberius and the Cities, by Bernhard Weisser

A Neronian Overstrike at the Harvard Art Museums, by Carmen Arnold-Biucchi and Rebecca A. Katz

The Flavian Colosseum Sestertii and Imperial Praise, by Nathan T. Elkins

The Forum of Domitian on his Coins, by Ben Lee Damsky

Roma at Corinth: The Coins and the Monument, by Mary Hoskins Walbank

Le monnayage émis à Silandos de Lydie sous Septime Sévère, by Michel Amandry

The Coinage of Septimius Severus and the Battle of Lugdunum, by Gary Reger

Imperial Representation and Distributional Politics under Severus Alexander, by Carlos F. Noreña

Quantifying the Size of a Coinage: Die Studies or Coin Finds, by Roger Bland

An Aureus of Allectus with a Remarkable Pedigree, by Andrew Burnett

Interaction with Coins in the Liberalitas Relief on the Arch of Constantine, by Martin Beckmann

A Double-Obverse Bronze of the Constantinian Period from the Antioch Excavations, by Alan M. Stahl and Rafail Zoulis

The Ascension of Julian: Ammianus Marcellinus 20.4, by Sarah E. Cox

Index

FROM THE PREFACE

William E. Metcalf is a prominent name in numismatics, but is also universally recognized among those who study Roman history and archaeology. Known especially for his many contributions to Roman and Byzantine coinage, it is difficult to find a book or article that does not cite his work. A generous scholar, one can see his name in the acknowledgements in works by numismatists and scholars in adjacent disciplines who incorporate numismatic evidence. It is thus appropriate— and overdue—that his former students and colleagues present this Festschrift in recognition of Metcalf ’s impact on our discipline. It would be impossible to incorporate contributions from all of his colleagues and friends; the contributors herein represent but a fraction of those who would honor him.

His articles and reviews number in the hundreds, and he is author and editor of several books. Some of his best-known research centers on the cistophori. In 1980, he published his doctoral dissertation as his first monograph: The Cistophori of Hadrian (New York: American Numismatic Society, Numismatic Studies 15). Continuing this work is his recent The Later Republican Cistophori (New York: American Numismatic Society, Numismatic Notes and Monographs 170, 2017). A mark of his place in the entire field of numismatics is his editorship of The Oxford Handbook of Greek and Roman Coinage (Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2012). Although retired from teaching and curating, he continues his research, and is currently completing Roman Provincial Coinage X (Valerian to Diocletian).

Bill, as he is called by friends and colleagues, received his degrees from the University of Michigan. He was awarded his A.B. in Latin, with distinction and highest honors, in 1969, his A.M. in Classical Studies in 1970, and his Ph.D. in Classical Studies in 1973. That same year, he came to New York to begin his long association with the American Numismatic Society, where he would work until 2000. From 1973 to 1975, he served as Assistant Curator of Roman and Byzantine Coins; in 1975, he was promoted to Associate Curator, and in 1978, to Deputy Chief Curator. He succeeded Margaret Thompson as Chief Curator in 1979, and remained in this position until his departure in 2000. Presently, he is Honorary Curator and Life Fellow at the ANS. While serving at the ANS, Bill was appointed Visiting Professor or Adjunct Professor at several institutions, including Columbia University, Princeton University, Università degli Studi di Padova, Bryn Mawr College, Rutgers University, and New York University. In 2002, he was hired as the Curator of Coins and Medals at the Yale University Art Gallery and as Professor of Classics (adj.) at Yale University. In 2007, with the endowment of his curatorial position, he was named Ben Lee Damsky Curator of Coins and Medals, a title that he held until his retirement from Yale in 2014. Prof. Metcalf holds many distinguished honors and awards that recognize his research. Some key highlights are his membership at the Institute for Advanced Study in 1988–1989, his election as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1998, and his receipt of the Jeton de Vermeil of the Société Française de Numismatique in 2008. He is also the honorand of the annual William E. Metcalf Lecture Series of the Archaeological Institute of America, established in 2000 by Anna Maguerite McCann.

Among the people who influenced Bill’s professional development, two stand out. The first is Theodore “Ted” V. Buttrey (1929–2018), his mentor and advisor for his Ph.D. It was Ted who introduced him to the discipline of numismatics, involving him in the publication of the coins from the University of Michigan’s excavations at Carthage. These initial studies led to Bill’s interest and expertise in Roman Provincial coins (see also Metcalf 1977, 1979a, 1982b, 1987a, 1989, 2000, 2002a, 2007, 2008a, 2014, 2017) and the publication of hoards and excavation coins (Metcalf 1974a, 1974b 1975a, 1975b, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979b, 1979c, 1980, 1981a, 1981b, 1982a, 1987b, 1988, 19912, 1994, 1995/6, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002b). Ted’s ability to question received knowledge is clearly reflected in Bill’s careful arguments and fresh insights.

At the American Numismatic Society, he met his supervisor, mentor, and friend, the redoubtable Margaret Thompson (1911–1992). She exemplified for him unstinting work on behalf of the American Numismatic Society, the conduct of scholarly discourse, and the interest in bodies of material beyond the cataloging of particular coin types.

Teaching the next generation of numismatic scholars has been part of Bill’s life, as the two editors of this volume can attest. He has promoted the work of numismatics by introducing younger scholars to established scholars and collectors, and to dig directors who need numismatists for their excavations. His careful reading of forthcoming manuscripts has saved many an error or half-baked idea from going to readers or editors. His service to the field is reflected in his reviews of manuscripts and books, and service on the editorial boards for Lexicon Mythologiae Classicae, American Journal of Archaeology, Journal of Roman Archaeology, American Journal of Numismatics, Schweizerische Numismatische Rundschau, and Bryn Mawr Classical Review, and on various committees for the American Philological Association (now the Society for Classical Studies) and the Archaeological Institute of America.

We offer this book in gratitude, as a reflection of Bill’s interests and deep scholarship, and an homage to his friendship and teaching.

Nathan T. Elkins and Jane DeRose Evans, May 2018

 

Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire   (2 vols.)

Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire

by Catherine C. Lorber

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Coins of the Ptolemaic Empire, Part 1, Volumes 1 and 2 (Precious Metal and Bronze) by Catharine Lorber, is the massive, long-anticipated catalogue of coins struck by the first four Ptolemaic kings. It essentially rewrites the sections on these rulers in J. N. Svoronos’ classic, but now much out of date, Ta Nomismata tou Kratous ton Ptolemaion (1904). The body of coinage catalogued by Svoronos is enlarged by more than 300 further emissions in precious metal and more than 180 emissions in bronze, recorded from subsequent scholarship, from hoards, from commercial sources, and from private collections, and constituting about a third of the total catalogue entries. Lorber’s attributions, dates, and interpretations rest on numismatic research since Svoronos, or on the latest archaeological and hoard information. She also provides extensive historical and numismatic introductions that give the coins deeper context and meaning. The coinage of Ptolemies I through IV is supplemented by a few issues possibly attributable to Cleomenes of Naucratis, the predecessor of Ptolemy I in Egypt, as well as by coinages of Ptolemy Ceraunus, Magas, and Ptolemy of Telmessus, members of the Lagid dynasty ruling their own kingdoms outside of Egypt.

About the Author

Catharine Lorber holds a BA in Classical Greek from UCLA. She spent nearly 40 years as a cataloguer in commercial numismatics, from the early 1970s until her retirement in 2009. As an independent researcher she specialized in the publication of coin hoards as well as studies pertaining to North Greek, Thessalian, Judaean, Seleucid, and Ptolemaic coinages. Her most important previous contribution was in the Seleucid field, in collaboration with Arthur Houghton: Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue (Part I, 2002; Part II, 2008, with Oliver Hoover as a third coauthor). Her book credits also include Amphipolis: The Civic Coinage in Silver and Gold (1990). Since 2000 Lorber has published more than 40 papers and book chapters treating Ptolemaic coinage or iconography.

Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow

krakowgemsBy Paweł Gołyźniak (in English)
ISBN: 978-3-95490-243-9
Publisher: Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag
Hardcover, 318 pages, 30 b/w figures, 112 b/w plates
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Ancient Engraved Gems in the National Museum in Krakow is considerable in size and top in quality. It consists mostly of the specimens assembled by the extraordinary collector and art dealer Constantine Schmidt- Ciążyński (1818–1889). Almost 780 cameos, intaglios, scarabs, and finger rings are presented in this beautifully designed volume. This book will be useful not only to scholars interested in gems, but also to those who study the history of the art market and collecting, as well as to enthusiasts of Classical art and archaeology.

Part I: History and Character of the Collections (includes a brief biography of Constantine Schmidt-Ciążyński and the history and original structure of the collection).

Part II: Catalogue (includes hundreds of entries featuring a Babylonian cylinder seal, Egyptian plaque, Mycenaean seal, Archaic Greek gems, Classical Greek finger rings, Hellenistic Gems and finger rings, Etruscan scarabs and ring stones, Italic and Roman Republican gems, Augustan gems, Roman Imperial gems, Cameos, Early Christian gems, and appendixes on magical and Sassanian gems). Indexed by collectors and collections, subjects, and materials, with a concordance and bibliography.

Faces of Power

Faces of Power

Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor A. Adda Collection

edited by Haim Gitler and Gil Gambash

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This extraordinary 312-page volume was compiled on the occasion of the special exhibition Faces of Power at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem, featuring the unique collection of Victor A. Adda.

With introductions by his daughter Giovanna Adda Coen and Arturo Russo, and contributions by renowned experts in that field such as Richard Abdy, Michel Amandry, Roger Bland, Andrew Burnett, Aleksander Bursche, Matti Fischer, Gil Gambash, Christian Gazdac, Haim Gitler, Jonathan Grimaldi, Achim Lichtenberger, Jerome Mairat, Rodolfo Martini, Markus Peter, Yaniv Schauer, Johan van Heesch, and Bernhard Woytek not only help to demonstrate the fascinating history of Roman rulers but also portray the achievement of one of the greatest collectors of his time.

A Numismatica Ars Classica NAC AG book published in association with the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, offered on consignment by the ANS.

Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England

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by Richard Simpson, Andrew Burnett, and Deborah Thorpe

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The idea of publishing Sir Thomas Smith’s On the Wages of the Roman Footsoldier (OWRF) grew out of the successful conference held at the Society of Antiquaries of London in December 2013 to mark the 500th anniversary of Smith’s birth. OWRF is virtually unknown to modern scholarship, and, although it is the first original work written in England to use the evidence of ancient coins, it has previously played no part in the history of numismatics. Yet it clearly deserves to be better known, both for that reason and for many others. It throws new light on the “Cambridge circle,” the group of academics-turned-politicians who played a crucial role in the smooth accession of Elizabeth I. It allows us to reconstruct something of the humanistic interest in numismatics, adumbrated earlier in the century by Tunstall and More, but otherwise only returning to visibility with the work of Camden, Cotton, and the Elizabethan College of Antiquaries. It provides another strand to our knowledge of the importance of the Roman precedent in both influencing contemporary thought and having a direct bearing on contemporary politics.

Sir Thomas Smith, like many of his works, has also slipped from public awareness, overshadowed in the modern imagination by contemporaries like Cecil, Walsingham, or Gresham. Yet Smith was one of the most important politicians and intellectuals of the day; a brilliant academic career at Cambridge was followed by his active participation in politics under Edward VI, Mary, and Elizabeth. He played a leading role in the controversial reform of Greek pronunciation, he introduced a new style of continental architecture to England, and he wrote analyses of the politics of his day, including his views on the relations between the monarch and parliament, views which were to be seized on in the crisis of the 17th century in a way which would no doubt have startled Smith, had he lived to see it.

For this reason the publication of the OWRF is accompanied by Richard Simpson’s personal and intellectual biography of this most important of the “missing persons” of the 16th century. The biography is intended partly to remedy some of the misconceptions about Smith, but, more importantly to set OWRF and his other writings in a coherent  biographical framework.

Roman Coins, Money, and Society in Elizabethan England is a work of scrupulous scholarship . . . . a book that will demand a place in every scholarly numismatic library, public and personal.”

—David Dykes, British Numismatic Journal 88 (2018), pp. 241–43.

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Monuments in Miniature: Architecture on Roman Coinage

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(Numismatic Studies Volume 29, 2015)

by Nathan T. Elkins
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The representation of monuments and buildings on Roman coinage is one of the most popular topics in studies of coin iconography. In addition to numismatists, it attracts the attention of historians, art historians, archaeologists, and topographers. Although the subject of numerous books and articles, architectural representations have been appreciated primarily for the evidence they might yield for a monument’s appearance or existence. This approach is limited as the methodologies applied are often narrow or inconsistent and often betray modern biases. Instead of using images on coins as evidence for reconstruction, this book contextualizes monumental representations on the coinage within their broader historical, social, and political contexts, by addressing how and why images evolved through time and by investigating why architectural representation emerged on and disappeared from the coinage. In so doing, this book also treats all incidences of architectural representation on the Republican and Imperial coinages in order to provide the first comprehensive treatment of architecture on the state-sanctioned coinage. This book is, therefore, a resource to a broad range of specialists interested in the phenomenon of architectural representation and its significance in the Roman world.

Contents:

Introduction: A New Look at Architectural Representations on Roman Coinage
Chapter 1. The Emergence of Architectural Designs on the Coinage of the Roman Republic
Chapter 2. Architectural Coin Types in the Early Roman Empire (Augustus through Severus Alexander)
Chapter 3. Late Roman Architectural Coin Types (The “Soldier Emperors” through Valentinian III)
Chapter 4. Architectural Coin Types from the Roman Provinces: Characteristics, Derivation, and Influence
Conclusions: Architectural Coin Types as a Reflection of Roman Society
Appendix 1. Roman Architectural Coin Types (135 bc–Severus Alexander)
Appendix 2. Architectural Coin Types of the “Soldier Emperors”
Appendix 3. Architectural Coin Types of the Tetrarchy and its Collapse to c. AD 313
Appendix 4. Architectural Coin Types from Constantine and Licinius to Valentinian III
Bibliography

Nathan Elkins earned his BA in archaeology and Classical studies at the University of Evansville before earning his MA in the City of Rome at the University of Reading (UK) and PhD in Greek and Roman Art and Archaeology at the University of Missouri-Columbia. This book resulted from his 2004 attendance at the Eric P. Newman Graduate Seminar in Numismatics at the ANS. Elkins is currently an assistant professor of art history at Baylor University.

FIDES: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke

RBWFIDES: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Richard B. Witschonke

edited by Peter G. van Alfen, Gilles Bransbourg, and Michel Amandry (2015)

Hardcover, 520 pp.
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ISBN: 978-0-89722-339-3

This Festschrift honors Richard “Rick” B. Witschonke, and will be available for shipping in September 2015. This volume is limited to 150 hand-numbered copies, and will not be reprinted. It contains 20 articles of new scholarship on the ancient coinage of the Roman world and greater italic peninsula and islands. RBW’s volume is 520 pages with illustrations throughout, bound in Roman imperial purple linen, and stamped in gold with the image of an as depicting an eagle above the word “ROMA”.

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A Bibliography of Richard B. Witschonke

Katerini Liampi. A Hoard from Thessaly Containing Aeginetan Staters and Thessalian Issues of the Taurokathapsia Type

Andrew Burnett and Maria Cristina Molinari. The Capitoline Hoard and the Circulation of Silver Coins in Central and Northern Italy in the Third Century BC

Peter van Alfen. A Late Third Century BC Hoard of Sardo-Punic Bronzes (IGCH 2290)

Gilles Bransbourg. Currency Debasement and Public Debt Management at the Time of the Second Punic War

David Vagi. Alliance and Coinage: South Italy during the Second Punic War

Andrew McCabe. A Hoard of Cut Roman Republican Denarii from the Second Punic War

François de Callataÿ. The Late Hellenistic Didrachms of Leukas: Another Case of Greek Coinage for the Roman Army

Andrew R. Meadows. Four Cistophoric Hoards?

William E. Metcalf. The Cistophori of Nysa

Nathan T. Elkins. “A City of Brick”: Architectural Designs on Roman Republican Coins and Second-Style Wall Painting

Liv Mariah Yarrow. Ulysses’s Return and Portrayals of Fides on Republican Coins

Clive Stannard. The Labors of Hercules on Central Italian Coins and Tesserae of the First Century BC

Michael H. Crawford. Sextus Pompeius between Hispania and Germania

Philip Davis. Erato or Terpsichore: A Reassement

Bernhard E. Woytek. The Aureus of Pompey the Great Revisited

David Hendin. Judaea and Rome: The Early Numismatic Commentary, First Century BCE

Patrick Villemur. De Quelques Émissions Coloniales Romaines en Sicile: Retour à Tyndaris

Sophia Kremydi and Athena Iakovidou. Corinth and Athens: Numismatic Circulation from the Late Republic to the High Empire

Jane DeRose Evans. The Third Neokorate of Sardis in Light of a New Coin Type Found in Sardis

Michel Amandry. Le Monnayage de la Res Publica Coloniae Philippensium: Nouvelles Données


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ΚΑΙΡΟΣ: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Basil Demetriadi

BCDΚΑΙΡΟΣ: Contributions to Numismatics in Honor of Basil Demetriadi

edited by Ute Wartenberg and Michel Amandry (2015)

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This Festschrift honors Basil Demetriadi, and will be available for shipping in September 2015. This volume is limited to 150 hand-numbered copies, and will not be reprinted. It features 21 new, fully illustrated articles on ancient coins of the Greek world written specifically for this volume. The 428-page, hardcover book is printed on heavyweight, archival paper, bound in Greek-blue linen, and handsomely slipcased, featuring a silver stamp of a stater with eagle head and leaf.

Contents:

Patricia Felch. Basil C. Demetriadi

Friedrich Burrer. Die Hemidrachmen-Prägung von Gyrton

François de Callataÿ. A Long-Term View (15th–18th Centuries) on Prices Paid to Acquire Ancient Coins

Wolfgang Fischer-Bossert. Die Eule der Athena

Evangelia Georgiou. The Coinage of Orthe

Jonathan Kagan. Maximilian John Borrell (c. 1802–1870). Dealer, Collector, and Forgotten Scholar and the Making of the Historia Numorum

Sophia Kremydi and Michel Amandry. Le monnayage d’époque sévérienne frappé à Aigosthènes en Mégaride

John H. Kroll. Small Bronze Tokens from the Athenian Agora: Symbola or Kollyboi?

Catharine C. Lorber. The Beginning of the Late Facing Head Drachm Coinage of Larissa

Aliki Moustaka. Bendis and the Wolf: An Unpublished Numismatic Type from Thessalian Phaloria

Olivier Picard. Corpus et classement des émissions: les bronzes hellénistiques de Thasos

Selene E. Psoma. Did the So-called Thraco-Macedonian Standard Exist?

Pierre Requier. Une rare série de Cos sans portrait imperial du IIIème siècle

Kenneth A. Sheedy. The Emergency Coinage of Timotheus (364–362 B.C.)

Derek R. Smith. New Varieties of the Eleusinian Triptolemos/Piglet Coinage from the BCD Collection

Vassiliki E. Stefanaki. Corpus des monnaies aux dauphins attribuées à Potidaion/Poseidion de Carpathos

Peter G. van Alfen. The Chalkid(ik)ian Beginnings of Euboian Coinage

Hans-Christoph von Mosch and Laura-Antonia Klostermeyer. Ein Stempelschneider auf Reisen. Die Antinoosmedaillons des Hostilios Markellos und Hadrians Reise im Jahr 131/2 n. Chr.

Mary E. Hoskins Walbank. Prospectus for Palaimon

Ute Wartenberg. Thraco-Macedonian Bullion Coinage in the Fifth Century B.C.: The Case of Ichnai

Arnold-Peter C. Weiss. The Persic Distaters of Nikokles Revisited

Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Guide: Part 2, Seleucus IV through Antiochus XIII

seleucid2Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Guide: Part 2, Seleucus IV through Antiochus XIII

by Arthur Houghton, Catherine Lorber, and Oliver D. Hoover

(Published in collaboration with CNG, Inc., 2008)

Hardcover, 2 vols., 1,237 pp., 119 pls.
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Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Catalogue, Part 2 is the final part of the authors’ detailed survey of Seleucid coinage, and the first comprehensive treatment of the kingdom’s issues from the death of Antiochus III in 187 BC to the deposition of Antiochus XIII by Pompey in 64 BC. For this period, numismatists and collectors have previously relied on two older published collections, Coins of the Seleucid Empire (CSE) and SNG Israel I: The Arnold Spaer Collection of Seleucid Coins (SNG Spaer), as well as a number of specialized articles. While these have been very useful references, none have covered the broad range of coin emissions for this period, when overall production was relatively greater in quantity. Indeed, coins of this period are more commonly seen in the marketplace as well as in collections. Consequently, a great need exists for a practical and comprehensive reference covering middle and late Seleucid numismatics, and Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Catalogue, Part 2 (SC 2) fulfills that need. In addition to integrating and refining the earlier specialized studies, and greatly expanding on the material covered in CSE and SNG Spaer, SC 2 offers many new mint attributions, a few new regnal attributions, and a new chronology for the later Seleucid kings. SC 2 also contains a very important section of addenda and corrigenda to Seleucid Coins: A Comprehensive Catalogue. Part 1, which includes many new varieties that have appeared since that work’s publication. An appendix on Seleucid-related coin hoards offers an up-to-date recording of hoards pertaining to the SC 2 catalogue, as well as a supplement to the hoards in Part 1. Further appendices include specialized studies of metrology, flan production, countermarks, overstrikes, imitations, and fourees, as well as tabular surveys of coin production by ruler and mint, and concordance tables to other major references. The comprehensive nature and high level of detail of this work make SC 2 an indispensable reference in its own right, as well as a valuable supplement to its predecessor.

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Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Guide: Part I, Seleucus I through Antiochus II

seleucid1Seleucid Coins, A Comprehensive Guide: Part I, Seleucus I through Antiochus II

by Arthur Houghton and Catherine Lorber (2002)

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Seleucid Coins, Part I, is the first comprehensive treatment of early Seleucid coinage since Edward T. Newell’s Eastern Seleucid Mints (1938) and Western Seleucid Mints (1941). It expands on Newell’s catalogues with hundreds of new varieties that have come to light over the past sixty years, bringing together issues described in the scholarly literature and in commercial publications, as well as much material that is published here for the first time. In addition, Houghton and Lorber have critically examined both Newell’s attributions and those of other scholars. They propose a number of significant reattributions, some of which redraw the map of Seleucid numismatics.

Seleucid Coins is intended to be, first and foremost, a practical resource for coin identification. It is designed to be accessible to beginners and to numismatists who do not specialize in the Seleucids. The catalogues are organized in historical and geographic order, first by reign, then by mint, then by metal, denomination and issue. There are indices that enable searches by control marks, remarkable types, remarkable legends, and countermarks. More than one hundred plates illustrate representative examples of virtually every coin type and denomination from every mint.

In addition to an easy entry to the identification of Seleucid coins, the book contains extensive historical and other reference material that allows a deeper understanding of the historical context of Seleucid coin production. There is an introductory essay for each reign, opening with a summary of historical events, and proceeding with an overview of the ruler’s coinage, mint policies, and iconographic program. Yet broader overviews are available in the front matter: a chronological table that juxtaposes major historical and numismatic developments, a stemma of Seleucid genealogy, and general observations on mint function and administration. A succession of maps illustrates the changing constellations of Seleucid mints. The appendices offer in-depth treatment of special topics, including bronze denominations and metrology, and countermarks appearing on Seleucid bronze coins. Other appendices are resources for further study: a complete list of hoards containing early Seleucid coins, and detailed surveys of the monetary output of the early Seleucid kings by reign and by region. Seleucid Coins, Part 1, will become an indispensable reference work for collectors, dealers, and scholars, including those in the fields of archaeology, history and art history. Two volumes, illustrated.

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